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January 2000
Photo Wayne and Norma Tillet sent us this photo of our first love, Seraffyn. For her 30th birthday they gave her a complete refit in North Carolina and are now out doing seatrials in the Chesapeake Bay.


Dear Friends:

It seems odd to be homesick when I am actually at home. But after being at our New Zialand home base for almost six months, I am beginning to itch to feel the smooth teak of Taleisin's sun warmed decks again. In many ways perfection would be to have her right at our own jetty end, waiting to take us off to explore the wonderful coves around here, or to head off toward Tonga or Fiji. But she is on the Potomac River near Washington D.C. and that too offers some wonderful opportunities when we fly back to join her in a few months, exploring the hundreds of creeks in the Chesapeake and avoieding the hundreds of mudbanks, heading north again to Maine for more lobster, or east toward Bermuda. Havn't made our minds up yet. But one thing is sure, after being in storage for over 15 months, she will need some loving care.

Photo Seraffyn has had three owners in the 20 years since we sold her to go off in Taleisin. But I don't think any have loved her as much as Wayne and Norma. Good luck to the two of you.


Sure glad we choose to come down here when we did. The Americas Cup has drawn people from all over the world and we have had a chance to catch up with friends from half a dozen countries. The waterfront of Auckland has been transformed to hose the cup and our Kiwi friends unanimously applaud the lovely walking area and cafes that fill an area that was messy deserted dock lands only a year ago. The racing has been spectacular, the intrigue and personalitites newsworthy. Internationally this is being given far bigger press than those in the US would suspect, with France, Italy, Spain and other European countries carrying live daily coverage.

Here is Larry fixing the floor at the back end of his boatshed in preparation for the re-build. The shed had been poorly built 28 years ago and there was a lot of rot in the framing and floor.


We have had only a few days in town to enjoy the buzz of the cup village, visitors tend to come up to see us at our island where the two of us have bitten off a bit more than we can comfortably chew. We originally came home to do the maintenance of 8 years of renters neglect, painty the kitchen, upgrade the bathroom of our 600 square foot cottage and 400 square foot guest cottage. But instead we have decided to upgrade Larry's boatshop so when we do come back it is ready for us to again do boat repair work. Now Larry has transformed it into a gorgeus studio type building with board and batton Port Orford Cedar siding, larhge eaves with skylight panels - it is prettier than our cottage. The cottage now has eave protected verhandahs all around plus 660 square feet of new decking. We also have a new downstairs play room for th slate pool table I bought Larry for his 60th birthday - all paneled in silver spruce. We did all the work we could ourselves, but did hire in a crew for four weeks to help us get ready for the holidays.

We needed some place for the tools as we built, so it was decided to re-build the back half first and leave the front intact. Once the roof was on, we tore down the original front. Yes, that is what the wole shed looked like - sure was ugly.


Now we are cleaning up and getting ready to celebrate - Christmas dsy dinner here for about a dozen expat friends and some locals, dinghy racing in the bay ( we have a duplicate to Cheeky here, a Fatty Knees 8 footer called Too, as in Cheeky Too). Boxing day is a cruisers reunion across the bay - then friends from several countries will be sailing in to join us with the finale being a sail to the Mahurangi river for New Year's Eve with the Classic Boat Fleet.

Here is Larry at the helm of his latest boat. Tui is on loan from a friend. We own the very powerful and dependable Honda 15 ourboard and the work barge. Have used the barge to bring over 20 tons of building materials from the mainland, a five mile trek. Here we are helping Doug Shmuck move his furniture back to the mainland after Larry's 60th Birthday party. Several of our overnight guests decided barging around was more fun then taking the ferry.


We are both working on writing projects, Larry beginning his note taking and planning for a second volume of boatbuilding ideas, me on a narrative, plus together we are working on an extensive article updating Storm Tactics info. Unfortunately writing often is taking a back seat to the building projects and sociallizing we have become involved in.

The amazing bird life of our island homebase still intrigues us. The politics of this country are amazing, the friends we have here heartwarming. As the year draws to its end we look at the wonderful array of friends we have on several sides of several oceans and feel we have been blessed with amazing good fortune.

Yes Larry actually is moving the 40 ton barge and digger with Tui. In fact he pushed this barge four miles around the point from another bay to get it in place for the work we had to do. Our neighbors thought he was a bit crazy. I just know he is determined.




We hope all of you have a wonderful new year. Those who are reading this on our web page, we wish you good sailing and maybe we can meet up somewhere in a quiet cove someday.

Sincerely,
Lin and Larry Pardey


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